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NCJ Number: 200208 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Influences of Sexual Trauma on Victims: From the Results of an Investigation of Female College Students in Japan
Journal: Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2003  Pages:12-26
Author(s): Tomoko Ishii; Nozomu Asukai; Takako Konishi; Miwa Kojimoto; Junji Kishimoto
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 15
Publisher: http://www.ivatcenters.org/ 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores the mental health issues related to exposure to sexual trauma in Japan.
Abstract: The authors were concerned with examining the long-term deleterious effects on mental health following an experience of sexual victimization. The participants were 321 students at a women’s college in Tokyo, Japan. Each participant completed a questionnaire regarding experiences of sexual victimization and several psychological measures including the Symptom Checklist-90-R, the Stress Coping Inventory, and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised. Results indicated that 48 percent of the female students had experienced an incident of sexual victimization and, of these, 17 percent were classified as having experienced severe victimization. Symptoms of mental health problems were more prevalent and more severe in the group who experienced severe victimization compared to those who experienced only slight sexual victimization. Measures of anxiety, phobic anxiety, and traumatic stress symptoms were all significantly higher in the severe victimization group. These results are comparable to results obtained in other countries in similar studies. The results also indicate that sexual victimization in Japan is a serious social problem, one that requires a concerted governmental and community response.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault trauma
Index Term(s): Female victims; Japan; Mental health; Sexual assault victims; Victimization; Victims of violent crime
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